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What is the Mirena IUD and Why is it Recommended?

mirena-iduThe Mirena IUD is a small, flexible, t-shaped device that is inserted into the uterus. It is mainly marketed as an incredibly effective method of birth control; you can’t feel it, don’t have to worry about it, and it only needs to be changed once every five years. Recently, it has also become marketed as a possible treatment for women with heavy periods.

We use Mirena IUD as a treatment option for our patients who suffer from heavy bleeding, prolonged bleeding, painful periods, endometriosis, adenomyosis and other painful issues. The medicine in Mirena (a type of progesterone) thins the lining of your uterus, can shrink endometrial growths, can prevent new growths from forming, and also has tendency to stop the menstrual cycle. For ladies who are suffering from extreme pain, the Mirena IUD can mean a restoration of quality of life. For ladies who are trying to delay laparoscopic surgery, this may be a temporary answer. For patients who have adenomyosis toward the inside of their uterine wall, the Mirena IUD may thin the lining of the uterus enough that the growths are shed. Mirena is not a cure for any of these conditions, but it can provide relief for many years.

It is normal to experience some cramping and spotting for the first month or two after Mirena IUD is inserted. Also, some ladies will need to be prescribed natural estrogen to help their hormones stay in balance after Mirena has settled. Dr. Davis is always here to help you manage symptoms.

Due to recent changes with the Affordable Care Act, you should be able to get your Mirena IUD for $0. Contact your insurance company for more information, and then call our office to schedule a consultation to see if Mirena IUD is right for you.

Posted in Birth Control, Treatments

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